A Year 12 student at Cape Naturaliste College in Vasse is taking part in the three-day Fairway Winter School experience at the University of Western Australia. Thomas Leach is one of 39 high achieving Year 12 students across the State chosen to take part in the event. The Fairway UWA program aims to help provide academic and social support to high school students, helping to prepare them for life beyond high school. The winter school is helping school captain Thomas Leach get ready for university where he plans to study engineering and commerce. “As well as reconnecting with students I met at the Summer School, and having the chance for some revision in ATAR English and maths, we had a guest speaker from TISC (the Tertiary Institutions Services Centre), who came along to give us advice in filling in our uni applications,” Thomas said. “That was really helpful and I’m enjoying being able to interact with students from other areas during what is a pretty full-on year.” Fairway UWA project officer Dr Tristan Fidler said the team-building activities during the week were run by Fairway ambassadors, who are UWA students. “Many of the ambassadors have been through the Fairway Program themselves and love being able to give back and help other young people find their feet and learn as much as they can about university before taking that big next step in their education,” Dr Fidler said.